Tag:Jereme Richmond
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 6:20 pm

NBA prospect jailed again after failed drug test

Posted by Ben Golliverjereme-richmond

If you're an NBA prospect with an injury history or criminal record, it's said that you have a red flag. Jereme Richmond's red flag is now big enough to cover the entirety of Tiananmen Square. 

Richmond, an NBA prospect who left the University of Illinois after one season, was arrested back in August after allegedly punching and spitting on his teenage girlfriend and threatening her father with a gun.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Chicago Tribune reports that Richmond has just dug himself a little deeper. 
Richmond was jailed Friday for allegedly failing a drug test imposed as a condition of his bond.

He allegedly tested positive for marijuana in an Oct. 5 drug test administered by the courts, and on Friday, Judge Theodore Potkonjak raised Richmond's bond from $65,000 to $100,000. He said if Richmond made bail, the teen would be confined to his parents' house except for "genuine training opportunities" that must be confirmed by the court.

Yet in an interview he gave the Tribune two days before his latest run-in with trouble, Richmond, 19, was upbeat, describing his problems as "hiccups" common to many teens. He vowed they would not keep him from his goal of becoming a successful professional basketball player.

"I will be on somebody's roster," he said. "I believe it will happen for me."
The paper notes that Richmond would not comment about his ongoing legal situation but did admit: "No one's untouchable. There are rules to life."

A 6-foot-7 and 210 pound forward, Richmond was a fringe prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft after averaging  7.6 points and 1.8 assists in 31 games for Illinois. ESPNChicago.com notes that Richmond was suspended for the team's tournament games due to "an athletic code violation." He was not selected in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 3:18 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Posted by Ben Golliverjereme-richmond

In just a few short months, Jereme Richmond has gone from the brink of the NBA to the clink.

Richmond, a 6-foot-7 and 210 pound forward from the University of Illinois, was a fringe prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft. He had thrown his name into the mix after playing just one season for the Illini and ultimately wasn't selected on draft night.

Just two months later, DailyHerald.com reports that Richmond is behind bars after allegedly beating, threatening and spitting on his teenage girlfriend according to Stephen Scheller, the prosecutor in the case.
Richmond, 19, and Matthew Riley, 22, of North Chicago, were arrested Monday afternoon outside the victim’s house after police found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol in the car the men had driven.

On Sunday, Scheller said, the woman drove to Richmond’s residence in the 2000 block of Arthur Drive in Waukegan to retrieve her cellphone. The two began to argue outside Richmond’s house, Scheller said, and Richmond shoved the woman back into her car during the ruckus. Monday afternoon, Scheller said, Richmond and Meyer drove to the woman’s house and Richmond began to argue with her again as her mother looked on. At one point, Scheller said, Richmond spit on the woman and said he was going to shoot her.

That is just unbelievably sad and horrific. 

Richmond averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 assists in 31 games for Illinois. ESPNChicago.com notes that Richmond was suspended for the team's tournament games due to "an athletic code violation."

He becomes the latest poster child for what if a player attempts to make the NBA jump too early without sound advice. "I definitely have a long ways to go in my development," Richmond admitted to DraftExpress.com in a pre-draft interview. "I'm one of the youngest guys in the draft."

Asked why he declared for the draft after just one season, Richmond replied: "I felt that I was ready. I didn't average what some of the teams would have liked to see me average but I think a trained eye would know that if I got around the setting and was receptive I could flourish."

He's now more likely to languish than flourish. DailyHerald.com reports that Richmond is looking at "up to 14 years in prison" for his actions.
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